ESPN Apocalypse is today


#261

It was a big factor in maybe not the Thursday night dominance, but in NBC’s ability to run weaker shows out in other nights and timeslots and have them do OK and thus secure that #1 position.


#262

John Skipper, president of ESPN, shockingly resigned this morning, citing a substance abuse issue.


#263

I’m wondering if his company bleeding $ is “substance abuse” in this case.


#264

Well why not both!

Just ask John DeLorean about how to manage that.


#265

ESPN isn’t losing money, they just aren’t making it as fast as they used to.

And I was listening to Dan Labatard on ESPN radio this morning when this apparently was sent out over the ESPN texting machines. He actually read the text over the air, and cried while doing it. Apparently this guy was really well liked by the talent.


#266

I believe there was a lot of talent that did not like him. Dan Patrick (no longer with ESPN) kind of routinely takes shots at the guy on his podcast/show.


#267

Simmons and a couple other vets did a big podcast about ESPN this year, and my feeling is that Simmons respects the hell out of Skipper still, even though he was fired by him.

Some good context here.


#268

Not Skipper. He went out of his way to praise skipper this morning when it broke.


#269

Ahhhh, I must have misunderstood who he goes after.


#270

AFAIK, he has never actually named names of the people who made it such a bad breakup, but the other morning he went out of his way to state that Skipper worked to smooth over all of the hurt feelings and reached out to him repeatedly.


#271

So Ryan Russillo is gone from his morning slot and eventually from ESPN. They wanted to move him to the 3-6 slot and he didn’t want to do it. He said the break up is amicable.

I also know that Bomani Jones is done on the radio but will still be doing TV and pod casts.